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'Increasing legal and political difficulties’ with implementing judgments of the Strasbourg Court, warns...

05/06/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE’s Legal Affairs Committee has expressed its concern at the “increasing legal and political difficulties” surrounding the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights - and again urged States Parties to the Convention to implement the Court’s binding judgments. Approving...

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Pieter Omtzigt calls on Malta to establish Joint Investigative Teams for cases of high-level political...

29/05/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), Rapporteur for follow-up to Parliamentary Assembly Resolution 2293 (2019) on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta, today called on the Maltese authorities to ensure effective investigations into the numerous long-standing...

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COVID-19: Rapporteurs call for the immediate release of Osman Kavala after Strasbourg Court decision

13/05/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

PACE monitors for Turkey Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden, SOC) and John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA), as well as the General rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member States Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), have reacted to the decision of the Grand Chamber of...

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Rapporteur calls on Maltese government and opposition to pursue an open and inclusive reform process

06/05/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), rapporteur on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta, today responded to developments in the process of institutional reform in Malta. “When I visited Malta in February, I was encouraged to hear from the government that an...

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COVID-19: Committee chairs discuss the pandemic, human rights and the rule of law with Council of Europe...

30/04/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

In two videos released today on the Assembly’s YouTube channel, Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), chairperson of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, and Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia, EPP/CD), chairperson of the Sub-committee on Human Rights, discuss the impact of COVID-19 on human rights...

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Rapporteur responds to Azerbaijan court’s acquittal of Ilgar Mammadov and Rasul Jafarov

24/04/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Sunna Ævarsdottir (Iceland, SOC), rapporteur for follow-up to Assembly Resolution 2322 (2020) on reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, has reacted to the decision of the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan to quash the convictions of Ilgar Mammadov, leader of the opposition REAL Party, and...

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COVID-19: Rapporteurs call on Russian authorities to protect journalist Elena Milashina as a matter of urgency

24/04/2020 | Culture, Science, Education and Media

Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on media freedom and the protection of journalists, and Frank Schwabe (Germany, SOC), rapporteur on “the continuing need to restore human rights and the rule of law in the North...

COVID-19: ‘It is vital we improve the protection of whistle-blowers both during and after the coronavirus...

08/04/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

“It is a fact of society that there will always be whistle-blowers. Times of crisis show that we need them to safeguard our fundamental rights, but we also need them to enable us to prepare for and manage such situations more effectively,” said Sylvain Waserman.

COVID-19: Rapporteur calls on Spain and Turkey to include politicians in early prison releases prompted by...

02/04/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Boriss Cilevics, has called on Spain and Turkey to include imprisoned politicians in early releases prompted by the threat posed by the Coronavirus in overcrowded prisons.

COVID-19: Rapporteur calls on Chechen leader to withdraw call to kill anyone breaking quarantine

31/03/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Frank Schwabe, Rapporteur on 'the continuing need to restore human rights and the rule of law in the North Caucasus', has called on Ramzan Kadyrov to withdraw his call for anyone found breaking coronavirus quarantine to be killed.

General Rapporteur welcomes Colorado’s decision to abolish the death penalty

24/03/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Titus Corlăţean, General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty, has welcomed the decision of the State of Colorado to abolish the death penalty and to commute the sentences of persons on death row to life sentences.

Rapporteur welcomes Azerbaijan's release of Afgan Mukhtarli, calls for immediate action on all cases of...

18/03/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Sunna Ævarsdottir, rapporteur for follow-up to PACE Resolution 2322 (2020) on “reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan”, has welcomed yesterday's release by the Azerbaijani authorities of Afgan Mukhtarli,